BJP says what suits its interest: Mamata

BJP says what suits its interest: Mamata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announces sops for farmers as New Year gifts for them during a press conference,at State Secretariat near Kolkata, Monday, Dec. 31, 2018. (PTI Photo)

Hours after the Opposition stalled the Rajya Sabha over the much-debated triple talaq bill, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee accused the BJP of only saying what suits its interests over the issue.

Speaking to journalists at the state secretariat, she alleged that the BJP is demanding punitive measures over aspects of the custom of instant triple talaq which does not suit its political interest. 

“One food may suit you but it may not be indigestible to others. So the BJP is saying (regarding the triple talaq bill) whatever suits its interests and they are demanding punitive measures in law against those aspects of the issue which does not suit them. I don’t agree with such an attitude,” said Mamata.

Referring to the BJP’s argument that the bill is intended to ensure justice for Muslim women the chief minister also said that her party Trinamool Congress (TMC) is committed towards justice for women but will oppose any injustice. 

“Whenever justice is needed we support it but when there is injustice being done we fight against it,” she said. 

She also said that in the name of justice to women others cannot be subjected to injustice. “I urge all political parties to provide 33% reservation to women,” Mamata said.

She introduced a scheme for farmers of Bengal under which in case a farmer aged between 18 to 60 years dies the state government will provide Rs 2 lakh to their families.

The scheme has another provision under which farmers will get a grant of Rs 5,000 every year in two instalments of Rs 2,500 each. The scheme named Krishak Bandhu (Farmer’s Friend) scheme will start from January 1.